binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ˈbīn-diŋ \

Definition of binding 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action of one that binds

2 : a material or device used to bind: such as

a : the cover and materials that hold a book together

b : a narrow fabric used to finish raw edges

c : a device that holds a boot firmly to a ski or snowboard

binding

adjective

Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : that binds

2 : imposing an obligation

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Other Words from binding

Adjective

bindingly \ ˈbīn-​diŋ-​lē \ adverb
bindingness noun

Examples of binding in a Sentence

Noun

a carpet edged with canvas binding The bindings have started to come loose.

Adjective

The contract is legally binding. The parties agreed to settle the dispute through binding arbitration.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The smell of fusty paper, damp cover binding, obliterated the stink of fast food and electricity. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Read an excerpt from Luna author Ian McDonald’s heartbreaking new time-travel romance," 31 Mar. 2018 The expert, who declined to be identified for this article, found that while the letter had been bound in modern times, an earlier binding was the same as the Vatican’s copy, officials said. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, "Vatican Gets Back Stolen Columbus Letter, but Case Remains a Whodunit," 15 June 2018 Gear: rear-entry Salomon boots, puny Rossignol slalom skis, and bindings cranked to eleven. Nick Paumgarten, Outside Online, "Nick Paumgarten on the Thrill of His First Daffy," 11 July 2018 Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental. Nat Newell And J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers could trade for Kawhi Leonard," 15 June 2018 Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental. Nat Newell And J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers could trade for Kawhi Leonard," 15 June 2018 The counterargument from Trump loyalists was mainly to blame President Obama for failing to make the Iran deal binding. Tod Lindberg, WSJ, "Before Meeting Kim, Trump Had to Repudiate the Iran Deal," 22 May 2018 Of course, that’s non-binding and Leonard could leave and there’d be nothing so show for a one-year rental. Nat Newell And J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "How the Pacers could trade for Kawhi Leonard," 15 June 2018 It’s called foot-binding and was invented during the 10th century in China. Lisa Scottoline, Philly.com, "Internet hacks get on my last nerve | Lisa Scottoline," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Senate often takes such test votes as a way to build momentum for eventual binding legislation. Erik Wasson / Bloomberg, Time, "Senate Approves Symbolic Resolution in Attempt to Curb President Trump's Mounting Tariffs," 11 July 2018 The Global Compact for Safety, Orderly and Regular Migration is not legally binding and is to be formally adopted at a ministerial meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Dec. 11-12. Fox News, "Over 190 countries agree on global compact on safe migration," 13 July 2018 Bob Ferguson, the attorney general in Washington, whose office reached the legally binding agreements with the seven chains, said in an interview this week. Rachel Abrams, New York Times, "7 Fast-Food Chains to End ‘No Poach’ Deals That Lock Down Low-Wage Workers," 12 July 2018 Bloomberg will determine your compliance with the TOS in its sole discretion and its decision shall be final and binding and not subject to challenge or appeal. Bloomberg, "Terms of Service," 8 July 2018 The allies’ political body, the North Atlantic Council, can take binding decisions. The Economist, "Will Donald Trump be Triumphant, Tetchy or Torpedo?," 5 July 2018 This year Rahm had to figure out a way to keep former governor Pat Quinn from placing a binding mayoral term-limit question on November's ballot. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics Rahm makes a joke out of Quinn's term-limit push, but voters could have last laugh," 3 July 2018 That would require quite a challenge to the doctrine of stare decisis, or the binding nature of constitutional precedents, which becomes more important as such precedents are allowed to stand. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Steps the Next Supreme Court Might Take to Roll Back Abortion Rights," 27 June 2018 At the top of the department stands the attorney general, who has the power to issue binding decisions on how immigration judges operate. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "In Sessions' asylum ruling, a court system unlike others," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of binding

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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binding

noun

English Language Learners Definition of binding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the cover of a book

: a narrow strip of cloth attached along the edge of something

: a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of binding (Entry 2 of 2)

: forcing or requiring someone to do something because of a promise, agreement, etc.

binding

noun
bind·​ing | \ˈbīn-diŋ \

Kids Definition of binding

1 : the cover and the fastenings of a book

2 : a narrow strip of fabric used along the edge of an article of clothing

3 : a device that attaches a boot to a ski

binding

adjective

Legal Definition of binding 

1 : imposing a legal obligation the agreement is binding on the parties

2 : requiring submission to a specified authority the suppression order was binding on the Department of TransportationNational Law Journal

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